Amy Olson’s 63 gives her 1st-round lead at 2018 LPGA finale
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Amy Olson had a simple explanation for her brilliant start at the CME Group Tour Championship.
"I don't have any bad memories," she said.
Playing the LPGA's season-ending event for the first time, Olson was flawless with nine birdies and no dropped shots on her way to a 9-under 63 and a one-shot lead over Brittany Lincicome and Nasa Hataoka after Thursday's opening round.
Local favorite Nasa Hataoka fires 67 to win Japan Classic
SHIGA, Japan (AP) — Local favorite Nasa Hataoka shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Japan Classic for her second LPGA title of the season.
Hataoka offset a pair of bogeys with seven birdies at the Seta Golf Club to finish at 14-under 202, two strokes ahead of compatriots Momoka Ueda, Saki Nagamine and Spain's Carlota Ciganda, who all shot 68.
So Yeon Ryu shoots 65 for 1-shot lead in Toto Japan Classic
SHIGA, Japan (AP) — So Yeon Ryu shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Toto Japan Classic.
Nasa Hataoka of Japan and South Koreans Jiyai Shin and In-Kyung Kim were a stroke back after rounds of 66 on Friday. Ten other players were within three shots of the lead in the 54-hole tournament at the Seta Golf Club.
Ryu had five birdies on the last eight holes to underline her quick start.
Hataoka fires 7-under 65 to lead in South Korea
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Nasa Hataoka of Japan fired a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the KEB Hana Bank Championship on Thursday.
Danielle Kang and Charley Hull were two shots back on a chilly, windy, damp day at the Sky 72 Ocean Course.
Sung Hyun Park, the U.S. LPGA Tour's top-ranked player, was among a handful of players three shots back.
Park could have been closer but took a double-bogey 5 on the par-3 17th.
Hataoka was matter-of-fact about the tough conditions.
Ciganda leads, top-ranked Park struggles in Evian 1st round
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Carlota Ciganda shot a 6-under 65 Thursday to take an early two-stroke lead at the Evian Championship, the final women's major of the season.
The 21st-ranked Spaniard had six birdies, including on three of the four par-5s, as the early starters played through excellent conditions on the 6,523-yard Evian Resort Golf Club course. Brooke Henderson and Nasa Hataoka both finished their rounds at 4 under.
Ariya Jutanugarn tied for lead in CP Women’s Open
REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn birdied five of her last eight holes for an 8-under 64 and a share of the CP Women's Open lead Thursday at rain-softened Wascana Country Club.
Nasa Hataoka and Mariajo Uribe joined the second-ranked Jutanugarn atop the leaderboard, with Canadian star Brooke Henderson and three-time champion Lydia Ko two strokes back.
Park, Salas share LPGA Tour lead in rainy Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sung Hyun Park relied on the same, steady style that has helped make her one of the LPGA Tour's top players. When her putts kept rolling in Friday, she was virtually unbeatable.
Park shot a 9-under 63 for a share of the lead with Lizette Salas during the suspended second round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship.
Salas shoots 62 to tie course record, take Indy LPGA lead
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lizette Salas' waited 77 minutes to line up her 4-foot putt to take the lead Thursday at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.
She refused to let the weather delay get to her.
When the 29-year-old California player returned to the course, she quickly rolled in the birdie putt, finished her round with another birdie at No. 18 and took a two-shot lead over Angel Yin and Nasa Hataoka with a course record-tying 10-under 62.
KILDEER, Ill. (AP) — Sung Hyun Park raised her arms and placed her hands on her head before hugging her caddie and wiping away tears.
She simply could not contain her emotions after winning her second major championship — and doing it in such dramatic fashion.
Park beat So Yeon Ryu on the second hole of a playoff Sunday in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Nasa Hataoka didn't have the star power in her final grouping at the NW Arkansas Championship.
What the Japanese teenager did have by the time she was finished was her first victory on the LPGA Tour.
Hataoka shot an 8-under 63 to run away with the tournament at Pinnacle Country Club on Sunday. The 19-year-old did so in record-breaking fashion, finishing with a tournament-best 21-under 192 total — three better than the mark set last year by So Yeon Ryu.
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.
Nasa Hataoka leads LPGA Tour event in Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — After losing in a playoff last weekend, Nasa Hataoka is making another bid for her first LPGA Tour victory.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn arrived at Kingsmill Championship with no expectations, and it was a strategy that paid off handsomely.
The 22-year-old Thai star birdied the second hole of a playoff Sunday to win the LPGA Tour event for the second time in three years.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Heavy rain has forced postponement of play at the Kingsmill Championship on Saturday, and the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes.
Sixty players failed to finish the second round. They will do that beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. After that, the field will be cut and tee off on the first and 10th holes at 10:30 a.m.
In Gee Chun leads among players who have finished two rounds. She is at 11 under, with Austin Ernst and Nasa Hataoka one shot back.
Japan’s Nasa Hataoka wins LPGA Tour qualifying tournament
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Nasa Hataoka of Japan won the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament Sunday at LPGA International to earn one of 20 full tour cards for next season.
The 18-year-old Hataoka closed with a 1-under 71 on the Hills Course to finish at 12-under 348.
"It's really hard to be a professional golfer," Hataoka said. "The LPGA is one of the best leagues, so I'm going to try to prepare as soon as possible."
Defending champion Feng shares early lead at Japan Classic
IBARAKI, Japan (AP) — Defending champion Shanshan Feng fired a 6-under 66 on Friday to share a seven-way lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour's Japan Classic.
Feng carded six birdies in a bogey-free round at the Taiheiyo Club and was joined at 6 under by Americans Lizette Salas and Jane Park, Japanese players Saiki Fujita, Ai Suzuki and Nasa Hataoka, and Lee Ming-yong of South Korea.